Ongoing vaccination is to prevent Yellow Fever -KWSG
Written by Uthy on October 18, 2017
THE Kwara State Ministry of Health has clarified that the ongoing Reactive Vaccination in Ifelodun local government area and other neighbouring communities, is to prevent the spread of yellow fever.
Providing the clarification in a statement on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Suleiman Atolagbe Alege explained that the vaccination exercise has no connection with the Nigerian Army and is not dangerous to children’s health as it has been rumoured by certain individuals.
Alege said the exercise was part of campaign towards preventing and eradicating yellow fever in the State. He noted that the immunization is being administered by qualified health personnel working with the Ministry of Health and the local government council.
According to him, the vaccination commenced on Saturday, 14 October will run for 10 days. He added that the exercise is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the National Centre Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
The Commissioner, therefore, appealed to traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, school proprietors, parents/guardians and residents of the State to remain calm and support the ongoing immunization exercise in the affected communities “as the vaccine is safe for our health.”
He also restated the commitment of the State government towards quality healthcare delivery in the State.